Complicated Grief and Its Treatment

Presented by Katherine Shear, MD on 10-07-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Approximately 2.5 million people die every year in the United States alone and, worldwide, the number of deaths reaches 60 million. Estimating an average of three very close friends and relatives means at least 7.5 million people are bereaved yearly in the United States and 177 million people are bereaved every year around the world. Mental health practitioners understand that the death of a loved one is a uniquely challenging life experience and is one of the most difficult a person can face. 

Despite the difficulty of losing a loved one, over time most people find a way to come to terms with the loss, reshape their relationship with the person who died, and restore a sense of meaning and purpose in their own lives. However, for an important subgroup mourning is derailed, leading to development of complicated grief (CG). CG can be reliably identified and is associated with substantial distress and impairment, including a high risk for suicidal ideation and behavior. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Katherine Shear will share research suggesting people experiencing CG respond positively to a targeted treatment that addresses grief complications and also supports and revitalizes the natural healing process. She will describe CG and diagnostic criteria for the condition as well as outline the development and testing of complicated grief treatment (CGT), a targeted psychotherapy. 

This intermediate instructional level course is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the syndrome of complicated grief.
  2. Describe methods for assessment of complicated grief.
  3. Describe the results of treatment efficacy studies in complicated grief.
  4. Summarize the overall objectives and structure of complicated grief treatment (CGT).
  5. Identify strategies and techniques for treatment of complicated grief.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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405.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

Giving more structure to working with grieving clients, deeper understanding of attachment and how it relates to grief, mapping the process to integration, and the SHERPA concept - loved that! – Dawn Lewis, MS, LCPC, NCC

I appreciated hearing about this topic from a thoroughly researched perspective. I don't always enjoy this sort of approach but I felt the presenter had so much depth of knowledge and a flexible approach to psychotherapy. - Julia Steele, MA, RTC 

Meet the Presenter

Katherine Shear, MD

Katherine Shear, MD

Dr. Katherine Shear is the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work. Dr. Shear has spent decades conducting clinical research in anxiety, depression and related disorders. She developed complicated grief treatment and confirmed its efficacy in three large NIMH-funded studies. This treatment is strength-based and incorporates methods from other proven efficacious psychotherapies to provide a short-term, focused approach to fostering adaptation to loss. 

Dr. Shear is widely recognized for her work in bereavement, including both research and clinical awards from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and invited authorship of articles for Uptodate and the New England Journal of Medicine. 

For information about Dr. Shear's training workshops and to purchase the CGT manual and assessment tools visit www.complicatedgrief.columbia.edu.

 

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.